|courts. The House later rejected the proposal. Congressional Globe, 33d Cong., 2d sess., 1854-55, appen., 211-46.|
|5.||The Democrats, led by then-President Franklin Pierce.|
|6.||Whig James Cooper served in the U.S. Senate, 1849-55. DAB, 4:400.|
|7.||The argument, which Christopher P. Wolcott wrote, appears in Shipherd, History of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, 195-225.|
Autograph letter. bMS Am 1, Houghton Library, Harvard University (micro 13:0133).
Medina, Aug 28, 1859.
My dear Pierce,
I am here fulfilling a series of appointments to speak for the State Ticket1 / Just before I left home I found that missing letter of Sumners & put it in my writing case intending to enclose it to you. I now fulfil the intent.
Yesterday I recd. a letter (forwarded) from Mrs Bailey: and was sorry to learn that you had declined becoming a regular contributor to the Era. I trust you will however write occasionally, semi occasionally & demi semi occasionally: that is to say more frequently you would if hampered by an engagement. You write so well & so usefully that you ought to write much.
Things look well in this State. There is some grumbling in two opposite quarters about the nomination of Gholson--the extra conservative hunkers dont like his nomination because he was voted for by many who disliked Swan's decision and many earnest Anti Slavery men dont like it because they fear he will decide in another case just as Swan has already decided. But I think our State Ticket will be elected by a majority of not less than 15.000 & it may reach 25.000 / Either majority will ensure us the Legislature and there seems to he a general opinion that if we have the Legislature I shall be elected to the Senate in the place of Pugh;2 and then Ohio will urge my name with (probably) unanimity & energy for 1860: with what result time will determine. I shall lose no sleep about it. Whether elected or not--whether nominated or not, I shall give my best efforts as hitherto to the cause, and to the Party, so long as it is faithful to the cause.
At Sandusky the other day the Germans came round me in great numbers.3 They were full of zeal against Slavery & the Slave Power, but fearful lest they might themselves be betrayed. It was affecting to see their confidence in me, and I could not but resolve more firmly than ever that no right of a naturalized citizen nor any privilege of the immigrant in becoming a citizen should ever be abridged through me. I think it right to interpose a period between the act of naturalization & suffrage as I have often said & said to them, but let it be by making naturalization at least quoad4 suffrage prospective, without an extension of term.